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Michael Flanagan: Democrats 'Furious' At Midterm Drubbing

By    |   Friday, 07 Nov 2014 11:01 AM

Though Democrats are smarting from Tuesday’s massive losses, "there's not a conciliatory note among them," former Illinois Rep. Michael Patrick Flanagan said Friday on "America’s Forum."

"They are quite angry and quite furious at the electorate, at everyone else for not understanding how right they are."

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Flanagan told Newsmax TV host J.D. Hayworth that he is still on the Democrats’ mailing lists from his days on K Street, and that reading how liberals equate government to a "supreme being" is frightening.

"I'm not really exaggerating here," Flanagan said. "They speak of it in hallowed and hushed terms. It will provide for us. It will take us to salvation.

"I mean, they really talk about it like it's a God and when you reject their religion, you get that sort of response from them that you're a heretic to what they want to talk about," he said. "You are wrong and wrong-headed and that you need to be liquidated, pushed aside, moved away. That sort of mentality is dangerous and it's crazy too."

Due to the Democrats’ inability to listen to the dissatisfied electorate and insistence on digging their heels in, they're going to make bipartisan governance "impossible," Flanagan said.

"Not from our end, but from their end. They don't want to work together, and the sooner we understand that the better off we'll be."

He predicts increasing numbers of black Americans will vote with Republicans. In the midterms, the black community "voted by staying home," he said.

To show Americans that he wants to have "a worthwhile and functioning last two years," the president ought to tackle entitlement reform, Flanagan suggested.

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“I know that's the third rail of politics in Washington," Flanagan said. "You can't even discuss it without being shot at from either side and often both sides.

"But if he were to stand up and say, 'I'm going to take on entitlement reform in its entirety, we are going to look at Social Security, Medicaid and Obamacare all together in the same package and I invite the Republicans to join me,' they will reach up and take his hand like a small child grabbing mom's hand in the grocery store and they will walk with him to any place he wants to go if he's serious," he said.

"He will get his face carved on Mount Rushmore if he gets to a conclusion on entitlement reform, and the American people will thank him for it and it's something only a liberal Democrat can do."

In the meantime, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader (and anticipated Majority Leader) Mitch McConnell need to take a hard line with the president.

"I would take a tone of not how can we work together, but how we've tried to work together in the past and now, here’s how it's going to be from our perspective. Please give us some feedback on that."

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